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Along with a long, hate filled screed, the 21 year old included photos of himself burning an American flag, taking aim with a pistol and posing proudly at sites connected to the Confederacy.
The 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin the black Florida teen killed by George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of murder prompted Roof to research online what he called “black on white crime,” the manifesto said.
“At this moment I realized that something was very wrong,” the manifesto said.
“I have no choice,” Roof wrote. “I am not in the position to, alone, go into the ghetto and fight. I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. canada goose outlet We have no skinheads, no real KKK, no one doing anything but talking on the internet. Well someone has to have the bravery to take it to the real world, and I guess that has to be me.”
The website, called “The Last Rhodesian,” is registered to Roof and lists him as its administrator.
Images on the website include a .45 caliber Glock pistol; Roof taking aim with the gun, and posing in front of a sign that says, “Sacred burial site. Our African ancestors” as well as outside South Carolina’s Museum and Library of Confederate History; and Roof standing on and burning an American flag.
The contents of the website appear to back up what friends have said about the young man who Saturday sat in his jail cell under suicide watch.
A drunken Roof boasted one night about an unspecified six month plan “to do something crazy,” his friend Joey Meek told CNN on Friday.
The young man typically kept to himself but a liter of vodka that night seemed to fuel talk about the return of segregation and vague plans “to start a race war,” Meek recalled.
“He wanted it to be white with white, and black with black,” Meek said. “He had it in his mind, and he didn’t really let nobody know (what he was going to do).”
Meek hid Roof’s gun that night but put it back the next day, he said.
“Dylann wasn’t a serious person; no one took him serious,” Meek said. “But if someone had taken him serious, this all would all have been avoided.”
Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
On Friday, Roof was expressionless, almost solemn, as he appeared via video before Magistrate James Gosnell Jr., who opened a bond hearing by saying that there were victims on the young man’s side of the family as well. The judge set a $1 million bond on the possession of a firearm count but no bond on the murder charges.
Roof almost inaudibly answered questions about his age, address and employment.
He showed no emotion as family members of his victims addressed the court and Roof, expressing both anger and forgiveness.